SANFORD — A Sanford man suffered burns to over 90 percent of his body after flammable liquid inside an outdoor wood furnace exploded Tuesday afternoon.

Steve McCausland, a spokesman for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said that 39-year-old Thomas Basinger of 572 Lebanon Road, had to be transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Investigators said Basinger was tending a wood furnace in his backyard and attempting to ignite a fire when the explosion occurred.

His wife, Karie, used a garden hose to extinguish the fire after hearing her husband’s cries for help.
Investigators are trying to determine what type of flammable liquid Basinger was using.